The platform age is fractured, not just for B2C but also for B2B commerce. That was the focus of this year’s ECC Forum on April 12th at the BALLONI Hallen in Cologne, that we got to attend. We got to eavesdrop of presentations from large retailers and manufacturers like Conrad Electronic and Gabor Shoes. Furthermore, we got to exchange ideas and knowledge about new e-commerce developments with many different other retailers, manufacturers, and other digital experts. That helps us summarise what the five trends in the platform age are for you.
Fairs and Events
K5, dmexco or etailment Summit – Handelskraft and dotSource are represented at numerous trade fairs and events. With comprehensive post-event reports, we collect the most important findings and happenings of individual events. The Handelskraft E-Commerce Breakfast should also be a set date in the calendars of those interested in e-commerce. The in-house breakfast takes place several times a year in different cities, such as Zurich, or Munich. Here we share the knowledge which makes us into a specialised blog for the e-commerce branch. Prominent representatives in their branch regularly present for us, for instanace, Martin Gross-Albenhauen and Jochen Krisch.
Brick by brick – What’s always important for the construction of a home is also true for the development and expansion of digital projects: Go step by step – because it’s no longer just about recognising that the future is digital. The foundation has been laid. In fact, it is the decisive steps after laying the foundation for further development and expansion. It is exactly at this point in the digital experience that we want to meet with the attendees at the Handelskraft Conference 2019 in Frankfurt am Main.
E-Commerce, Generation Z, and the future of marketplaces were all at the centre of attention at the Connect – Digital Commerce Conference on 23 May in Zurich this year. The conference “for exchanging experiences” is typically Swiss, totally neutral. The goal? Learn from others and not be sold a single idea for success!
From February 27 to March 1, 2018, “EuroCIS – The Leading Trade Fair for Retail Technology” took place in Düsseldorf. The fair, which presents different technology solutions every year, should make retail more convenient – With new various payment solutions, self-checkout systems for employee-less stores, and smart price tags – This was not just thematically interesting for us, but above all, an opportunity to look behind the scenes at the value of such solutions. At the same time, the event was also the premier of the new Online Order System (OOS), the in-house solution for the distribution of trade fair services.
Big data and artificial intelligence are constantly discussed and were at the focus of Bitkom’s Big-Data.AI Summit. From February 28th to March 1st the town Hanau, Germany, was full of excitement as over 1,000 attendees came to learn about how the context of these two topics fit into not only their own work, but also how the market has changed or will change.
Today, we’re putting aside buzzwords and diving into the real meaning of these emerging technologies. What should retailers and manufacturers be paying attention to turn piles of information into substantial value?
At the Handelskraft Conference on the 20th of February 2018 so many new paths to successful retail will be discussed. With trends, best practices, and new impulses, we want to talk about real business and tell real stories about the digital reality and its challenges.
This reality is deeply influenced by the change and the increasing automation and digitising of all processes and relationships in everyday life. As a result, communication between consumers and brands will continue to evolve, increasing customer demands and expectations.
In fact, David Mattin (TrendWatching) will tell us in his session at Handelskraft Conference 2018 «Digital Innovation for Humans – Four Digital-Fueled Consumer Trends for 2018 and Beyond» how crucial AI will be in a connected world and how to cope with the flood of new innovations and mega-trends we can all use on a daily basis, use them to strengthen our own company.
But even this new status quo has effects that companies should not ignore. In an interview with Handelskraft, David Mattin explains which consumer trend will be particularly influential in 2018 and why retailers should keep an eye on them.
The future of business is undoubtedly digital. At the Handelskraft Conference on the 20th of February 2018 in Munich, we want to mobilise retail, talk about real business and tell real stories about the digital reality and its challenges – with trends, best practices and new impulses.
Retailers and manufacturers must break new ground to assert themselves against the competition in the market: Business models must be adapted, strategies rethought, and technical platforms developed further.
No digital project has to follow a straight and narrow path – most of them are more reminiscent of an adventurous off-road track. In order to reach the checkpoints, you need the right equipment and knowledge. This is what we want to offer our participants at the Handelskraft Conference.
Furthermore, live simultaneous English translation will be available for our international guests for the first time!
With an increasingly connected world, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become more than a buzzword. High expectations have been raised, but also many questions are coming up. To respond to many of these questions and discuss the real potential of this technology, the first International VDI Congress on IoT took place in Berlin during 13-14 of December.
According to McKinsey, IoT has a potential economic impact of $2.7-6.2 trillion until 2025. Taking this into account, the general feeling that I could perceive during this 2-day congress was a mixture of excitement and scepticism.
Nowadays, when people need answers they often do not read books or ask their relatives, they just go straight away to google it. No matter the question you drop, the search engine always gives you some feedback and consequently people are more happy and convinced.
Because of the strong competition, the same scenario has also transferred to online shops. An on-site search solution is gaining importance not only to stand out the crowd but also to address the need to give instantaneously answers to the customers; especially when they do not know exactly which product they are looking for and just have a vague idea.
That is how a quality on-site search can be the passport to obtain a purchase and to gain a satisfied customer. This solution can guide the customer to the right product and help finally to choose the most suitable product and value for money in the blink of an eye: name, photo, amount of available items, price and color options. Quick inspiration, selection and order placed.
dotSource turned 10 years old exactly one month ago and, as a culmination of this important date for us, we have booked for you this journey, that has as a next stop our fabulous birthday party, with a big cake included, of course, prominent guests and a distinctly fresh and innovative spirit along the different spaces of our headquarters in Jena.
Are you ready for the trip? We present you a dynamic and energised office tour through our ten year history which will make you understand the pillars on which our digital success has been built and especially where we are heading! So, fasten your seat bells, open your eyes and off you go!
Knock Knock! Don’t think this journey has finished. The year has just started so please don’t switch off… next stop… #HK16